AMERICAN PARKS TRAIL TOUR

Utah - Wyoming - South Dakota - Colorado

validity

valid until September 2018

duration

9 days / 8 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

USD2,876 / person

EXPECTED HOTELS


Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Jackson Lake Lodge, National Park Lodges Yellowstone, The Ranch at Ucross, Spearfish Canyon Lodge, The State Game Lodge Custer State Park

DEPARTURE DATES


Summer 2018 Departure Dates:
May 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 28, 30
June 1, 4, 6, 8, 15, 21, 22, 29
July 13, 20
August 10, 17, 22, 24, 27, 31
September 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 17, 26

INCLUSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Deadwood: Historical Wild West figures such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane called Deadwood home. Learn about the Gold Rush and the town’s notable residents on Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour. Enjoy an audience with Lakota tribe members who share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation.
  • Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin boasts the highest concentration of spouting geysers, hot springs, and steaming fumaroles in the world. Join a Local Expert for an informative walk through these natural wonders.
  • Cody: Explore the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West, known for its excellent Western art collection, firearms and natural history.
  • Salt Lake City: View Temple Square.
  • Grand Teton National Park: Enjoy views at Jenny Lake.
  • Yellowstone National Park: See Old Faithful.
  • Black Hills: Witness the enormous Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
  • Scenic Drives: Trail Ridge Road.

MEALS


  • UCross: Enjoy a hearty ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine, cooked by your local ranch hosts.
  • Custer: Toast to the finalé of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Included quality dining: 8 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 5 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES


  • An expert Tour Director
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
  • Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY

Welcome to Salt Lake City, capital and most populous city in the State of Utah. On arrival at Salt Lake City International Airport, board your transfer to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

 

Hotel: Hilton Salt Lake City Center

Welcome Dinner with wine

DAY 2 JACKSON AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

Join a morning orientation tour of Salt Lake City, seeing the famous Temple Square. Then travel north across the Oregon Trail to visit historic Jackson, where arches of elk antlers adorn the central square. Later, continue to your lakeside lodge overlooking Jackson Lake and the stunning peaks and glaciers of Grand Teton National Park.

 

Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge

Full Breakfast

DAY 3 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

The Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. Stop to admire some of the incredible views at Jenny Lake. Then enter Yellowstone, established in 1872 as the world’s first National Park and known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife.

 

Hotel: National Park Lodges, Yellowstone

Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 GEYSERS AND COLOURFUL MUDPOTS IN YELLOWSTONE

(relaxed start) Walk among the geysers and watch them erupt. You’ll be joined by a Local Expert for an informative stroll through Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin. There is plenty of time to see the colourful bubbling mudpots and observe Old Faithful shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) in the air. See free-roaming deer, elk and bear in their natural habitat. Then experience the roar of the Lower Yellowstone Falls as they thunder down the steep canyon walls.

 

Hotel: National Park Lodges, Yellowstone

Full Breakfast

DAY 5 THE UCROSS RANCH

Depart Yellowstone National Park and travel through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to reach the Wild West town of Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, built in honour of one of America’s great Western legends. Head to Clearmont in Wyoming and after checking in to your hotel savour a ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine cooked by local ranch hosts.

 

Hotel: The Ranch at UCross.

Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 6 DEVILS TOWER AND INTO THE BLACK HILLS

(Relaxed Start) After a morning at leisure, head towards Devils Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This site is considered sacred to the Lakota and other Native American tribes that have a connection to the area. Then, travel to Spearfish Canyon, a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts where the breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon, albeit much closer together. Enjoy dinner including an option of local trout, which became native to the Spearfish region when they were brought from Colorado in 1899.

 

Hotel: Spearfish Canyon Lodge

Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 CUSTER AND THE WILD, WILD WEST

Keep a lookout for pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. With a Local Expert, hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous during the gold rush of the 1870s. Later, hear stories told by Lakota tribe members as they share a live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.

 

Hotel: The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park

Full Breakfast

DAY 8 THE MOUNTAIN MONUMENTS OF THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA

View the Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to all Native Americans. Move on to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt dominate the Black Hills. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, before a Celebration Dinner with wine.

 

Hotel: The State Game Lodge, Custer State Park.

Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 9 DEPART DENVER

Travel south from Custer State Park where your tour ends on arrival in Denver, with a transfer to Denver International Airport. Airport arrival will be at 16:30.

Full Breakfast

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